Howdy people of the internet, time for the penultimate blog post in this series based on upcoming films in 2016 with my top 11 most anticipated films of the year. If you haven’t already, check out PART 1, 2 & 3 of my 2016 film preview. It’s a little late considering that we’re three weeks into January, but hey its better late than never right? Unlike last year this year’s list won’t be in any particular order.
This is a film I’ve been looking forward to for a good while, I just like the concept of the story and the blackmail and corruption involved, plus the choice of actors and actresses is so good and its crazy to see some of these TV and film stars together in one place. I’m really interested in seeing how these actors come together especially when it comes to Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anthony Mackie.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
I believe my hype for this film has dropped a good deal since the release of the second trailer, but my hype for the film isn’t dead. For me what I like about this film so far is the initial tension between Bruce and Clark, the differences in their ideals, their main confrontation and the amount of chaotic action that ensues. But I am concerned about Lex Luthor, what will happen after the Batman and Superman beef is over with the Doomsday Troll monster and how this film will introduce Wonder Woman and the other Justice League members, but here’s hoping it’ll work out and be badass.
When it comes to Deadpool I am a massive fan of the character and his insane backstory, self-aware humour, violent and crazy personality. And for the longest time I’ve wanted to see a proper live-action version of this character and the trailers so far seem to be delivering all of the action, humour and violence that the character’s been known for. That being said I am concerned for the humour and the sexual references and I hope that the film will have better humour than most adult comedies.
Free State of Jones
Since I saw the trailer for this I’ve been very intrigued, not only does the subject matter make for an interesting tale in film, but I’m also very curious to see what the cast do with this material and whether it’ll be as dramatic and emotionally engaging as I hope it’ll be.
The Jungle Book
This film just has me full of curiosity and fascination, having a live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book is bizarre to me, but seeing the trailers leads me to believe that it’ll be cinematic experience worth seeing in the opening weekend. So far I’m liking the incredible visuals and the impressive voice cast as well, I can only hope that this film will be just as, if not more successful than Cinderella.
I’ve already said how much I’m looking forward to this film, but for the sake of this post I’ll mention it again, I am really looking forward to this. The concept of getting some villains and forcing them to work together on a dangerous mission that could involve death has my interest. But more so than that I want to see if David Ayer can make these characters work because if so then the possibilities for future DC films are endless.
The Girl on the Train
I haven’t even seen a trailer for this film, but the story and cast members Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson has my attention so that I don’t need any more of a reason to watch this. I can only hope the subsequent trailers and eventual film will be worth the wait.
Star Wars: Rogue One
Also known as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (still is a horrible name) is the next Star Wars film, it’s a spin-off/prequel and there’s a lot of hype and speculation behind this from fans and critics. Since it’s set before A New Hope I’m curious to see what kind of stakes the heroes will take on and there are questions to ask like: 1) Who will survive? 2) What original characters will make cameos? 3) Will Darth Vader make an appearance? 4) Will there be any tie-ins to Episodes VII, VIII and IX? Regardless of the answers I’m curious to see what Gareth Edwards does with this film and what Donnie Yen will do in the film as well.
So Doctor Strange, ah man, I have so much hype for this film its mad. Marvel Studios have taken a good deal of risks over the years with Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy and recently with Ant-Man, and each of those films have introduced some new and creative elements to not only the MCU, but also to superhero films in general and I believe this film won’t be any different. Doctor strange is one of the most interesting character with his characters, backstory and mythos relating to the villains, different realms and magical abilities. I want to see how the supernatural elements get incorporated into the MCU and if this film is good then I’m gonna freak out yo!
It’s the return of the Bourne series, with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, what’s not to like? I know I never wanted a sequel to Ultimatum, but hell if Greengrass and Damon have a relevant story that they feel like telling that would further this franchise want to see it.
Captain America: Civil War
And of course I had to have Civil War on this list. 🙂 The MCU has been forming nicely over the years and while not all of the films have been hits, the Captain America series so far has done well especially with Winter Soldier and Civil War may be the best entry in the trilogy. This film looks to change the way the heroes function in the world with superhero accountability from the government and pitting Cap against Iron Man for a superhero royal rumble. With friends on opposing sides, new heroes like Black Panther and Spider-Man showing up and a tone similar to Winter Solider, I believe that this will be the ultimate Marvel sequel. Now I got overly hyped about Age of Ultron, so I’m learning to manage my expectations, but I believe the Russo brothers and Marvel Studios have gotten this one right though.
So that’s my top 11 list done, hope you enjoyed my choices. So what are your most anticipated films of 2016 and are any of your entires on my list? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next post, laters! 😀
January 23, 2016 at 7:41 pm
Great picks! I like seeing The Girl on the Train and Triple Nine on your list, they might not get as much hype as other films but look promising and have a great cast. What can I say about Civil War? I think the Captain America movies get better on repeat viewings, hope the next one can do the same. The funny thing about BvS, if the last trailer went with the less is more approach maybe I’d be more excited. Would X-Men be a top 12 or 13 for you? I think it could turn out well like Days of Future Past which I initially had doubts on.
January 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm
I had to put them on there because I want to bring any kind of attention I can towards them, plue I have hope for them as well. And I can definitely agree with you on the Cap ffilms, even First Avenger which I was not overly in love with, I do like more because of what has followed since with Avengers, Winter Soldier and Agent Carter.
Yeah BvS I think is correcting its marketing stratergy by focusing back on the beef between the main characters. Hopefully the end result will work out. Oh and X-Men, It would make the list if it were up to 12 or 13. Right now I’m just not sold on the premise and use of certain characters, but I want to be proven wrong so let’s see what Singer does this time around.
January 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm
Hey man, great picks! I went through all your upcoming movies posts and it looks like we’re anticipating a lot of similar stuff, though I didn’t see Kubo and the Two Strings anywhere. I know you had a lot of respect for Coraline when it was released, so you should definitely check Kubo out (same studio) – https://youtu.be/p4-6qJzeb3A
February 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm
Yo man, forgot to mention this during our last conversation, but I have seen the trailer for this and it is easily most most anticiapted animated film for this year. Kubo would have made the list if I was aware of it’s existence at the time of writing the post haha.
February 21, 2016 at 10:45 pm
Great list and every film is on mine too. Suicide Squad us the main movie of the year for me and then Civil War. I just hope they don’t mess-up Batman vs Superman too badly.
February 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm
Cheers man, I have so much hope and excitement for Suicide Squad I hope it delivers. Obviously for me I have Civil War at number one, I can only hope that the Russo’s can give me the good stuff like Winter Soldier. And Batman v Superman, I want to love it, but I’m still wondering how much the film will focus on the two heroes going at it and what percentage will be given to Wonder Woman, Doomsday and the upcoming DC heroes as well.
February 23, 2016 at 8:58 pm
I’m annoyed I even know Wonder Woman and Doomsday are in it. Imagine how much cooler it would have been if those revelations were surprises!
February 24, 2016 at 10:37 pm
Well that’s modern film marketing for ya, unless it’s a specific film you’ll see everything or more than you needed to in the trailers before the film shows up which sucks!